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Yellowjacket boys close regular season with win

Perham's Isaac Scheidecker, left, and Chase Belka push forward during the Bemidji Invitational. The Yellowjackets finished first overall, closing out the regular season with a win. Jordan Shearer/Forum News Service

The top ranked Perham boys cross country team is rounding into postseason form just at the right time as they closed out the regular season with a victory at the Bemidji Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 17 in Bemidji.

The Yellowjackets finished first at the seven team event, which takes place on the toughest course the Yellowjackets run at all season long according to Perham head coach Jeff Morris. He said it’s a course that a very few runners break the 17 minute mark at and he calls the course a callous builder.

The Yellowjackets are prime to extend their streak at the Section 8A Championships on Oct. 27 in Bagley. The top ranked team is the heavy favorite as defending section champions and hope to extend their state qualifying streak to 16 straight years.

Senior Carson Speicher was the individual race winner. He was one of three Yellowjackets in the top 10 and one of four in the top 15. Speicher finished the race with a winning time of 17 minutes and 14.3 seconds. He bested Dawson Strom of Moorhead, who finished second with a time of 17:21.0.

Finishing third for the Yellowjackets was Clayton Anderson. Anderson crossed the finish line with a time of 17:29.7. Bemidji’s Riley Berg came in fourth place at 17:32.9 and in fifth was Moorhead’s Austin Gruenberg at 17:33.4.

Perham’s Bailey Evenson finished in ninth place. Evenson came across the line with a time of 17:51.5. Jakob McCleary finished in 11th place. The eighth grader ended the day with a time of 18:06.5.

Brandon O’Hara ended in 16th place, crossing the line with a time of 18:26.9. Chase Belka finished in the top 20 as well. He ended in 18th place. He closed with a time of 18:29.76. Isaac Scheidecker finished 20th, putting all seven runners in the top 20 for the Yellowjackets. Scheidecker ended the race with a time of 18:40.1.

The Yellowjackets closed the regular season strong, finishing with 40 points. Bemidji came in second place on their home course, finishing with 42 points. Moorhead was third with 49 points, while Crosby-Ironton came in fourth place. Warroad, Thief River Falls and Cass Lake-Bena rounded out the field.

The Section 8A Championships take place on Oct. 27 at the Twin Pines Golf Course in Bagley, beginning at 4:40 p.m.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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